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    Senior Member Arubalisa's Avatar
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    Thanks again for the review of what was another wonderful day! Were there a lot of locals at S & P? I know that last year at the Radisson, Father's Day breakfast was packed with locals.

    Papillon, we agree as well, one of the islands gems! We had a very memorable dinner there last year as well.

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    Lisa- yes...lots of locals...and of course Moomba was almost a bit much on Sunday nights. Its funny, locals here party on Friday and Saturday night also, but Sunday nights...at least at Moomba...its crazy!
    Also, here is a pic of the cute little cardboard shirt/tie that the ladies at the Towel Hut/Palupa sign up gave Deb to give to me for Fathers Day yesterday.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/g7ghk979rmrkilv/IMG_0495.JPG

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    As always, the Arubans know how to do up a holiday "right"

    Love, love, love the tie & shirt you received for Father's Day! Sounds like it was a great one.

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    Thanks for your reports!!
    Snorkel Mangel Halto, day or night with a waterscooter. Check out our website. E-mail Stuart at arubabob@live.com or call Stuart local: 745-7459 Or visit: www.arubabobsnorkeling.com 50th trip Dec 11, 2017

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    Love reading your reports! You are a very entertaining writer. Living vicariously until we arrive ourselves in just three short days!!!

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    Day 6 Update...Ok...so today should not be as long as yesterday since we were really lazy today. I must say that I do like this time of year/month because it seems that the crowds are down. Last year we came in August and crowds were pretty large. The year before we came later in June and there were more crowds too. I think alot of the larger school systems are not out yet, which ...is fine by me!

    One of the things that we saw in our scouring the weather reports before we came were icons of wind....no sun..no rain..but just these funny looking little wind looking things...Here is the jpg that weather.com has....unimpressive to me. Most of the days that we are supposed to be here had this little sign.


    Since we have been here, I would say the wind is a bit more than normal for what we are used to. It never bothers me and as others have indicated, it does make the heat much more tolerable. Today however....wow...never seen it like this before. I meant to come in and find out what the gusts were but I bet it was over 40mph. The funny thing was, on our way out to our Palupa...it literally looked like someone had come in and blown fresh sand out across the beach in front of the Ocean club. Pristine like no human had ever stepped in it. This was obviously due to the wind that was shifting and smoothing the sand. It looked like new fallen snow before anyone steps out in it...amazing.

    For breakfast, we just made a couple ham/gouda sandwichs on sandwich rounds which we put a pack in the suitcase and brought with us. FREE...well...remember, MJ's tonight...so we go minimal on MJ Day...it's a process..... we do it.

    Palupa hunting was yet again uneventful, Deb wandered down there around 8:30...found the same one we had for 3 days...got it...done...lol.... You know...there is a small little sick side of me that kinda misses the daily competition....am I crazy?

    Now...I already mentioned the cool pristine sand due to the wind, so here are a few other observations. After getting settled, Deb and I layed on our chairs and laughed and enjoyed the wind. You had to have your sunglasses on yet you get blinded by the blowing ....well blinding sand storm. It's funny, most folks experience with constant wind like this is usually combined with storms, hurricanes, etc. It is quite fascinating to lay back on a lounge chair in beautiful sunny, 85 degree weather, not a cloud in the sky and have this wind. Personally, I thought it was REALLY COOL..( yes...I ALL CAPPED that ).
    Here is the way I tried to look at it, basically God saw to it that I got a free micro-derm abrasion out on the beach and saved me the cost of the usual spa treatment. Believe me, I truly feel smoother. The other really fun thing about all this was the people watching. Time after time....out they came...the big...the small...the old..the young..... ..out to the beach they came. Most were not aware of such happenings from time to time in Aruba. They fought hard...hands in front of faces, lounge chair backs flying up and hitting them, sand blinding them and getting in their eyes. Yes...It was a fantastic day for people watching.

    Since I got a little bit roasted yesterday, around 1pm we headed back to the pool area to seek out some chairs there and grab some lunch. I think Deb was done with her micro-derm abraision free spa treatment too..lol We found a nice spot at the back of the pool area where the rock formations that surround the hot tub area at the Ocean club are. It was perfect, minimal wind, great sun, nice pool time...goodness.

    Lunch today was also minimal. You see, when you have a Madame Janette's visit coming, you must prepare, eat minimally and build the hunger and anticipation...we were committed so Deb just got the Tuna Salad with fruit and I got the Calamari from the Ocean Club Pavillion's pool bar. Very good as always, about $30 with tip...we had our own drinks..;-)

    I made a quick trip after lunch to Lings to quickly pick up some needed supplies..(beverages...critical).

    We came in around 5ish , took showers and I grabbed a nap ( again folks....its a process...work it) before we headed out to Madame Janettes. Reservation was at 7pm...small crowd there when we got there...no issues driving, parking or getting to table. Deb got some house cabernet and me a rum and diet coke.

    It's white asparagus season ( yeah! ...well..at least for all you asparagus eaters...lol ). MJ's has their usual adaptive menu from their existing menu with the white aparagus worked in to many of their popular dishes.

    We have eaten here every time we have come to Aruba, most times we eat here twice. I don't care how picky some folks are but this place is special to us. The service is great, the people are great and the food is really outstanding.

    OK...now...here is the lowdown on what we got, amazing:

    Off of the special White Asparagus menu, we got the Black Angus Beef Carpaccio. It had balsamic dressing and a light salad on it along with white asparagus tips and lightly roasted portabello mushrooms. The carpaccio was THE most amazing that we have ever had, so thinly sliced that your fork had to scrape up the small pieces. They also had a large parmasean crust cracker that you could break off pieces to eat with the carpaccio. I will remember this one for a long time...as will Deb since she is the real carpaccio lover! Cost for this was $19 but SO worth it.

    For entrees, we splurged. We usually hold back a bit but decided not to this time...after all the difference in the "hold back" stuff and the "go all out stuff" was only about 8 bucks each entree... Once you realize that, it's really a no brainer since even in a reasonably big city with great food at home....you can't get this..

    Deb got the Filet. ($38).with the white asparagus tips...some wonderful sauce ..It was huge..about 2 inches thick, perfectly cooked medium to medium rare. I got the Surf and Turf ($45)..it had a small filet, small caribbean lobster tail and 3 large shrimp. I got hollendaise for the filet and they brought me melted butter for the lobster tail and shrimp.
    I must say, the filet was unbeliveable ...like Deb's.. cut like butter...perfectly cooked and the hollandaise was fantastic. The lobster tail was the most tender perfectly cooked one I have ever had. The shell was thin and very easily removed and the lobster meat was perfect. The 3 shrimp were larger than one would have expected in a dish like this and they were perfect as well.

    We knew going into this that we were going to forgo any dessert. We wanted to sink the calories into the meal and not have desert. It was a difficult choice knowing how wonderful all MJ's desserts are. This meal was expensive...but I would not trade it for anything. This is one of those meals that you literally talk about to people every time you tell them about your Aruba trips. Total with tip, 2 cabernets and 1 Rum and Coke... ...gulp...$152. but worth it!
    Last edited by bradrobster; 06-20-2012 at 01:09 AM. Reason: Deb says to fix some spelling...I guess I need to do this in word and dump into my post

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    Wish you could stay in Aruba for a month.... I love your trip reports with my morning coffee!

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    37 MPH IS the average maximum wind speed for June, but yesterday there was an wind advisory and gusts were over 40 mph.

    Now I am off for my morning walk. Need to get rid of those calories from your dinner last night

    Looking forward to hearing about today's adventure.

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    Yum........i love reading MJ reports.
    OUCHY....... micro dermabrasion.
    I guess when people do ask about sandblasting on the beach, i will have to link them to your "monday" at the beach! It really is out of the ordinary that the wind is that bothersome.
    love reading your reports!

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